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State Route 41 HMA Removal and Replacement Project

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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces the scheduled project to remove and replace existing asphalt pavement, seal pavement cracks and upgrade existing road signs, at various locations, of a 21-mile stretch of State Route 41 in Madera County. The following will occur:  The rehabilitation project will happen at various locations, starting about two miles north of road 208 and ...

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KNP Complex Fire Triggers Air Quality Advisory

Mountain Communities  – Large amounts of smoke being produced by the KNP Complex Fire and Windy Fire in Sequoia National Park has prompted air quality officials to issue an air quality advisory for the Valley counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern. In addition, the Caldor Fire and other Northern California fires are sending smoke into ...

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Madera County Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2021

Madera County – Madera County is reporting a fatality from West Nile Virus (WNV). The fatal case, an adult male, was one of the first two cases identified in August. Both cases required hospitalization and the second, non-fatal case has improved and been discharged from the hospital. Following investigation, these two were considered unrelated. WNV is transmitted to people through ...

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Small Amounts of Toxic Algae in Yosemite Valley

Yosemite – Recent testing has yielded positive results for small amounts of toxic algae in Tenaya Creek in Yosemite Valley, and toxic algae may exist in other sites in Yosemite Valley. Toxins are concentrated within algal mats themselves and are released episodically into the water when the algae dies or is disturbed. What does this mean for me? For your ...

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Yosemite National Park is OPEN and Not Impacted by the National Forest Closure

Yosemite – Yes, Yosemite National Park is OPEN! The Bureau of Land Management areas, all highways (unless closed for other reasons), state parks, and county/city parks, hotels, motels and vacation rentals on National Forest land are also open. What ARE CLOSED are National Forest campgrounds, recreation areas, hiking trails and National Forest roads. (National Forests are shown below in light green in this ...

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Sierra National Forest issues Forest Order

Clovis – The purpose of Forest Order No. 05-15-51-21-18 is to provide for public safety due to unknown hazards found in and near the Savage Lundy Trail, within the Bass Lake Ranger District. Designated recreation sites, roads, and trails in proximity and/or leading to this location will be off limits to public. This Order will be effective from August 29, ...

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One-Way Traffic Control Delays Expected on State Routes 49, 132 & 140

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct various operations next week on State Routes 49, 132 and 140. Work is scheduled to occur as follows: Route 49 • One-way traffic control at various locations from the Madera County Line in Oakhurst to Varain Road in Mariposa for drainage work beginning Sunday, August 30, through Thursday, September ...

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Mariposa Sheriff’s Office Update on the Gerrish – Chung Family

Mariposa – As of the date of this update cause of death remains a question. Detectives continue conducting interviews and investigating all potential possible explanations for the death of the Gerrish / Chung family. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office began a Search and Rescue operation after a family was reported missing Monday night August 16th at 11pm. Search teams located the ...

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SCCCD to Mandate Vaccinations Beginning October 15

Fresno – At a special board meeting held August 23, 2021, State Center Community College District Trustees voted to mandate vaccines for students, employees, contractors, and visitors beginning October 15, 2021.  The District’s COVID-19 protective measures are subject to legally required exemptions for sincerely held religious beliefs and medical conditions. Originally scheduled for Friday, August 20 the meeting was rescheduled ...

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